The Lynnwood Community Equity Analysis gathers insights from community members regarding their experience with Lynnwood as a safe, welcoming, and equitable city. The project intended to evolve over several phases including a survey, its analysis, and community focus groups. Given the circumstances and limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey implementation required a multi-pronged approach which could reach as many people as possible as well as empower populations who have not been traditionally reached by past City outreach to participate. As a result, the survey distribution strategy included sharing online and physical versions, translating the survey – and corresponding materials – to Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese, maximizing existing City communication channels, and most importantly, partnering with four local community-based organizations for direct and trusted engagement.
The City of Lynnwood collaborated with and resourced four community-based organizations to reach traditionally underserved populations. The partners included Latino Education & Training Institute (LETI), Snohomish Korean Women’s Association, the YWCA, and the Lynnwood Food Bank. Each organization received a stipend and dedicated support from Lynnwood staff to identify and execute the most culturally responsive approach to reach the respective communities the organizations served. This targeted approach with such priority equity communities ensured that the data would not be skewed toward the voices closest to privilege and access. We gathered a total of 824 respondents to the survey. It is worth noting that we only received one response to the Vietnamese language survey and it was incomplete. Therefore, it is not counted in the final results.
The ongoing and changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic required that the outreach and engagement take place both online and in-person.
Regarding the response targets, BDS Planning and the City of Lynnwood aspired for a data set representative of Lynnwood’s population. Ultimately, given that the intent of the survey analysis is to inform future decision making to meet diverse community needs, it was critical that a meaningful quantity of responses was received by respondents with diverse identities. All respondents were asked to share information regarding their ethnicity, race, age, gender, Zip code, income, disability status, tenure, and much more.
64% of respondents identify as white, 14% as Asian, 7.7% as Black or African American, 2.8% as American Indian/Native American, 8.9% as Multiracial and 19% identify as having Latino or Hispanic ethnicity.
Comparatively, the 2020 US Census identifies 52% of Lynnwood residents as white, 19% as Asian, 7.4% as Black or African American, 1.1% as American Indian/Native American, 11.2% as Multiracial and 15.7% identify as having Latino or Hispanic ethnicity.
The survey contained a total of 36 questions and respondents had the option to skip questions if they preferred not to answer.